Gold prices gain in Asia on london Attacks, Qatar diplomatic row

Gold found support in Asia on Monday after a weekend attack in London that killed seven after a van mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and attackers from the vehicle fanned out and started stabbing people at nearby restaurants and bars and mulled the potential fallout as key Gulf Countries and Egypt snapped diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar over terrorism support charges.

Gold for June delivery rose 0.19% to $1,282.61 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Last week, gold prices rose to their highest level in over than a month on Friday after a disappointing U.S. employment report underlined the case for the Federal Reserve to continue raising rates at a gradual pace.

The U.S. economy added 138,000 jobs last month the Labor Department reported, falling far short of economists’ expectations for 185,000 new jobs.

The unemployment rate ticked down to a 16-year low of 4.3%.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, fell 0.57% to 96.61 late Friday. It was the lowest close since the U.S. presidential election on November 8, which sent the index soaring.

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